How to Make Your Own Hanging Tomato Plants

Overview

Home owners with small backyard areas or a renter with an apartment patio can grow tomato plants and other vegetables by creating hanging planters. Make your own hanging tomato planters with few supplies, and watch the tomato plants grow strong and healthy due to receiving the proper amount of air circulation, which reduces the incidence of disease. Tomato varieties that grow well in a hanging container are roma, garden pearl, celebrity, basket boy and yellow pigmy.

Step 1

Cut a two-inch hole in the bottom of 12-inch hanging planter or container with a handle with a sharp knife or drill saw.

Step 2

Place a piece of landscaping fabric across the bottom of the container. Cut an "X" through the fabric over the top of the hole. The fabric will allow the tomato to grow through, yet prevent soil from leaching out of the container when applying water.

Step 3

Place the tomato into the container by feeding the root ball through the bottom hole. The roots should be in the container with the stem hanging upside down underneath. Pull the stem through the container so the first set of leaves is just below the opening. This will force the plant to create a strong root system from the lower stem of the plant.

Step 4

Fill the container with a high-quality potting soil and gently pack around the root ball to hold it in place. Do not damage the stem inside the container while adding soil. Water the container well to moisten the soil throughout.

Step 5

Plant two or three small flower or herb plants in the top of the container to hold the soil in place. Do not plant trailing or hanging plants, as these will interfere with the hanging tomato.

Step 6

Hang the planter in a location that receives full sunlight. Make sure the container is secure to prevent damage to the tomato plant. A strong shepherds crook hanging pole works well.

Step 7

Water the container regularly throughout the growing season to keep the soil evenly moist. Do not let the soil dry to more than two inches below the surface, as this will lower fruit production on the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • 12-inch hanging planter
  • Sharp knife
  • Drill saw
  • Landscaping fabric scrap
  • Small tomato plant
  • High-quality potting soil
  • Small flower or herb plants
  • Water
  • Shepherds crook pole

References

  • Agriculture Guide: Growing Tomatoes Upside Down
  • Curbly.com: How to Make an Upside Down Tomato Planter
  • Old Fashioned Living: Growing Tomatoes Upside Down
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About this Author

Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.